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Of Course Matthew McConaughey Is Making Tequila Now

Plus, North Austin burger drive-thru expands into San Marcos, and more news

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Camila Alves McConaughey and Matthew McConaughey at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2023.
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Celebrities, couple, and Austin residents Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves McConaughey are embarking on what has become a well-trodden path for famous people: making their own booze. The McConaugheys co-founded Pantalones Tequila, which includes three types, the blanco, the reposado, and the anejo, all made with blue weber agave in a distillery in Amatitán, Jalisco. The company is also part of global organization 1 Percent for the Planet, where they will donate one dollar from every bottle sold to sustainable-minded nonprofits.

A woman and a man standing in front of a wall that reads “Tequila Pantalones Organico.”
Camila and Matthew McConaughey.
Pantalones Tequila
Bottles of tequila in jeans.
The tequilas of Pantalones Tequila.
Pantalones Tequila

Austin burger restaurant expands into San Marcos

North Austin fast-casual restaurant Buddy’s Burger is opening its second location in San Marcos this week. The restaurant and drive-thru will be found at 927 Texas Highway 80 starting on Thursday, October 26. Its opening day will include free T-shirts for the first 100 people and Texas State students can get free lemonades or a discounted T-shirt for the first month with proof of ID. Co-founders and siblings Zain Fidai and Isha Fidai started Buddy’s in 2020. There are still plans to open another location up in Round Rock, with the goal of opening sometime in 2024.

Tracking Austin-area chain restaurant openings

Dallas-based fast-casual chain restaurant Velvet Taco opened its third Austin-area location this month. It’s found at 2131 North I-35 in Round Rock as of October 23. It serves up its menu of new-school tacos. There’s a mural by Houston-based group Eyeful Art depicting Round Rock’s history. This is also Velvet Taco’s overall 29th Texas restaurant.

And then San Francisco-based fast-casual chain Ike’s Love & Sandwiches opened its sixth Austin-area location this month too. It’s found at 9828 Great Hills Trail in the Arboretum as of October 19. It’ll host a grand opening party about a month later on Saturday, November 18, where the first 50 people will get a free sandwich, a T-shirt, and the opportunity to win free sandwiches for a year.

South Korean-French international bakery chain Paris Baguette will be opening its second-ever Austin-area location in Cedar Park sometime in 2024, as reported by Community Impact. There is no set address yet though.

Buddy's Burger

9001 Cameron Road, , TX 78754 (512) 401-3325 Visit Website

Velvet Taco [Austin]

11501 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 160, Austin, Texas Visit Website

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

1335 East Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park, Texas 78613 Visit Website

Paris Baguette [Austin]

110 Jacob Fontaine Lane, Austin, Texas 78752 Visit Website